I doubt NE Ohio has much of an appetite for another losing franchise. I'm bullish on the Jackets though. They're young and physical, they play hard, they have three first-rounders in the upcoming draft, and the conference move should generate more regional interest.
Great place to watch a game. They're in a weird situation though. They could be going through a run like the Hawks just went on and still be page two news to anything going on with OSU sports.
It's a great place to watch a game in a cool area (bars, restaurants, etc.) I hope they can turn the corner.
...but it's impossible to say exactly how much when the extent of the franchise's brush with the postseason over their entire existance amounts to a solitary three-game sweep defeat.
I tend to think that they could be a very good draw (frankly, most people are not that devoted to OSU basketball), but after what they've put everyone through for the past decade-plus, they're going to need to prove it over 3-to-5 years of sustained success.